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Police commissioner names chief of staff

Kent Police Commissioner Ann Barnes

Kent’s first police commissioner Ann Barnes has announced her chief of staff - on a salary of £90,000.

Spend 10% and 50% will stay with the local economy, shop owners say

Kate Joy of Harper's gift shop, Maidstone

Celebrate Independents' Month by shopping with local businesses, say traders in Maidstone.

Trucker jailed after 'inevitable' head-on crash kills driver

The case was heard at Maidstone Crown Court

A driver who ignored speed signs to overtake on a newly-laid road has been jailed after killing a man in a crash.

Peter Andre brings makeover show to Maidstone

Peter Andre

Peter Andre greeted fans at a Maidstone hotel last night. He has been staying in the town while he films 60 Minute Makeover.

Police conduct cannabis raid on Mangravet Avenue

Kent Police sign

Two men have been arrested in Maidstone on suspicion of possessing cannabis with intent to supply.

Kent's first Pink Ribbonwalk attracts hundreds

Walkers fill the grounds of Leeds Castle with pink

Hundreds walked in memory of loved ones for a picturesque pink charity day

West Malling drivers could face parking fees

Commuters and workers in West Malling need to be more sensible when using the village's car parking spaces, or risk being charged.

Art will raise funds for a charity close to creator's heart

Artist Keith Barrell and civil partner Andy Houstoun

Snodland-based artist Keith Barrell stages his biggest display - even though he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's three years ago

Helen and mum brave the scissors

Janine Lawrence and her daughter Helen Jury are having their long hair chopped off in aid of a charity which creates wigs for children who have lost their hair. Picture by: Martin Apps FM2641732

A mum and her nine-year-old daughter will cut their long locks in support of children who have lost their hair through illness.

Quarter of women in west Kent are missing vital smear tests

The "Jade Goody effect" saw numbers of women getting their cerivical cancer screenings increase

Lastest figures show 26, 600 people failed to show for cervical cancer check-up

Woman cut free from wrecked car

Police were called.

A woman has been cut free from a car after her vehicle collided with an HGV.

Crews attend double shed blaze

Firefighters tackled a double shed fire in Cranbrook this afternoon.

Cannabis plants recovered.

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Police find 100 cannabis plants in Wateringbury.

Ordeal as bungling robbers strike

Men hunted over brutal robbery in Cornwallis Avenue, Tonbridge

A terrified woman was forced to sit with a towel over her head while robbers ransacked a house... wrongly believing it to contain a safe.

Report into alleged police corruption set to go public

A report originally promised in January and looking at how crime figures were recorded, is expected to be released today

Man in dock over attempted murder

Police were called to Boxley Road in Maidstone. Picture: Martin Apps

A 29-year-old man has been remanded in custody today charged with attempted murder after a suspected hammer attack in Maidstone.

Children’s club scores top rating

Harlequin Out of School Club receives an Outstanding Ofsted report. Youngsters with staff Alison Payne, Melanie Harrison, Rachel Garrett and Susan Lambert.

Children attending an out of school club in Coxheath are celebrating success following a glowing report from Ofsted.

Woman and child seriously hurt in crash

The air ambulance was called to High Brooms. Stock picture.

A woman and child have been taken to hospital with serious injuries after a head-on crash between a car and lorry near Cranbrook.

The Kent County Show will be back next month

The Kent County Show

Livestock, camels, a Spitfire and some dancing sheep - this year's Kent County Show promises a packed programme

Bid to battle isolation among the elderly in Kent

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Kent County Council is investing in a scheme to eradicate loneliness among some of the most vulnerable in society

Police appeal for witnesses to assault

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Officers investigating an assault in The Broadway also want to hear from anyone who saw an earlier incident in the High Street in Maidstone

Christening guests beat up pub staff

Alison and Daniel Woodbridge outside The Hawkenbury before their ordeal

A landlady was punched in the face and kicked in the groin when guests at a Christening reception in her pub began attacking her family.

Newtral territory as thousands of newts re-homed... in castle grounds

One of the crested newts collected at Brooklyn Park and now living on a castle estate

More than 2,500 newts and tadpoles have been relocated from their motorway junction home to castle grounds... at a cost of more than £100,000.

New twist in grammar school saga

Invicta Grammar School

Plans to build a new grammar school annexe in Sevenoaks have taken a fresh turn... after a rival school stepped in to offer places.

Lucky strike saves man's life

Lacrosse player Edward Solly discovered he had cancer after going for treatment for an injury

A lacrosse player who had a ball smashed into his testicles has the eye-watering injury to thank for saving his life - as it revealed he had cancer.

In your KM this week

The stories making the headlines in this week's Kent Messenger

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